"Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy

Makes:
4
servings
Prep Time:
5
minutes
Total Time:
20
minutes
based on 105 reviews
8

Dietary Considerations:

Low SodiumVegetarian
A fun and easy twist on the always popular macaroni and cheese, this "Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy recipe features an added touch of nutritious veggies mixed in velvety cheese sauce. Learn more about this recipe at the Nestlé Kitchens blog.

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry wagon wheel or rotelle pasta
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (shelled soybeans)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese blend or other cheese blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half

Directions:

COOK pasta according to package directions, adding edamame to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, garlic powder and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

ADD pasta and edamame to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Add tomatoes; stir gently until combined.

TIPS:
• Look for edamame in the frozen food or organic section of your local store.
• Frozen peas can be used in place of edamame.


Reviews:

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Really good wheely!!

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JOAN KAAIHUE from LAS VEGAS, NV

Very Good and very easy. For a variation you can use elbow macaroni and cheddar cheese. It's so easy to make and, most importantly, it tastes good. Because there is only the two of us I put the left overs in the freezer and served it at a later time. I always make too much and end up putting it in the freezer

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  •  Star(s)

    Wheely Great

    Paul Miner from Essex, Ontario

    Fisrt made this when our Pastor and his kids came over. The kids (big and small) wheely liked it. Made it for the family tonight. Had some garlic bread with it. Everyone liked it. When kids are coming over it would be a wheely great meal to make up.

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    wheely Tasty Mac & Cheese

    ROBERT MCLELLAN from Valley Village, CA

    Was very tasty. I made it again but this time I added a little more cheese and bacon to it.

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    Delicious and Easy

    mary smith from Chicago, IL

    hey I've been looking for a replacement for buying Mac and Cheese boxes. Ladies I've found it. This is an easy no fuss, delicious recipe to follow and use. Try it!

  •  Star(s)

    Wheely

    Diane Gibbs from Jonesboro, AR

    fast and we loved it my grand son who is 4 ia picky ate it so it will be a keeper in this house

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    Wheeley lovin' it!

    Lori Ann Zoda from Vero Beach, FL

    My family is hard to please but this dish was a big hit! I had to double the recipe for my family of 7. I couldn't find edamame already shelled, but the kids didn't mind shelling 2 bags if they got to snack on them inbetween!

  •  Star(s)

    Wheely Easy Mac & Cheesy

    Deborah Guido from DADE CITY, FL

    I think this is an excellent weekday meal for school children! A lot of variety and simple to make, economical too.

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    Wonderful!

    Rachel Kronvold from McHenry, IL

    I made this yesterday and added a little ground chicken. My husband and I loved it! I'm 7 months pregnant, so I doubled the recipe and put the leftovers in the freezer for later. I will be making this again!

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    I Love Mac & Cheese

    Jan Wilkins from Blytheville, AR

    The family thought this was great! Now, I make it all the time.

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    Even Better

    Marty Heintz from Opelousas, LA

    Swap out the regular Carnation and cheese for fat free Carnation and 2% cheese and sub in whole wheat pasta and you've cut about half the fat and calories and doubled the fiber. Still tastes great, too!

  •  Star(s)

    "Wheely" Good!

    Marie DeAngelis from Sunrise, FL

    This was simple to pepare and satisfyingly good. Cooking with Carnation Evaporated Milk always makes a smooth, creamy sauce. Great variation on a classic recipe.

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    Wheely Easy Mac & Chessey

    patricia johnson from LUFKIN, TX

    This was so easy to make that I make this for my Grandkids.They said that this was Incredible good that they love the Wheely more than the noodles.I certainly that I be makeing this again.

  •  Star(s)

    minus the beans

    donna spano from mississauga, ON

    i will try this recipe out...it sounds quite simple to make, but what are the beans? i have never heard of them...i think i will just leave them out and try the peas too...

  •  Star(s)

    The Joyce's Women Bake!

    Carole Joyce from PHOENIX, AZ

    Simple, quick and easy. Fun too make and taste delicious!

  •  Star(s)

    twist on mac & cheese

    T ROACH from PRESCOTT, AZ

    LOVE IT! To mix it up from time to time I add different meats (sometimes left overs from earlier in the week) my family of 5 enjoy it every time!

  •  Star(s)

    quick and easy

    LANA WESTCOTT from LAFAYETTE, LA

    This recipe went over great with my entire family. The husband liked it and so did the kids.

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    Great cheesy idea

    Stacy Crozier from SOUTH BEND, IN

    My youngest son is a very picky eater. He hates anything that has red meat. So I am always looking for new and fun ideas that he will like. I will have to surely try this one. Thanks

  •  Star(s)

    WHEELY EASY MAX AND CHEESE

    Shirley Matthews from ABERDEEN, WA

    I found this recipe easy to make and my family just loved it. I even served it to guests and they enjoyed it as well.

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    "Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy

    D NERSINGER from SHELBY, NC

    We made this twice. While it is good with edamame, we used shelled fresh peas the second time and enjoyed it much more. Thanks for a great, easy supper recipe!

  •  Star(s)

    super fast and easy

    Kimberly Brady from FAIRVIEW PARK, OH

    i tried this last night after a long... couldn't have been more pleased! A great twist on an old favorite.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy Cheesy Mac & Cheese

    Cheryl Little from Milton, FL

    It sounds like the carbs are out of sight in this recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Babies Love Mac & Cheese!

    Breea Bacon from NORMAN, OK

    This recipe was super easy to make and tasted just great! I chose the Wheely Easy Mac & Cheesy, because my 11-month old is starting to eat a lot of table food, and the wheels were easy for him to grab and self-feed. He LOVED this recipe! I substituted peas for edamame, and he even liked them, too!

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    Awesome and Easy!

    Breea Bacon from NORMAN, OK

    I've been looking for an easy and healthy twist on traditional Mac & Cheese, and this was just perfect! My kids loved it! I used peas instead of the edamame, and it worked out great!

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    Wonderful and Kid Friendly

    Lynette Evans from FORT WORTH, TX

    Made this and my son just loved it and he is a very picky eater so I have to find things that he will like.

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    "Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy

    Terrie Rocha from MELISSA, TX

    I've used this recipe several times already. Today, I put it in my recipe box for good. This recipe is a good way to get kids to eat their veggies! Although it is a kids' meal to me, it appeals to adults as well. I took the option of using peas instead of soy beans. My son, 10 yrs. old, loves it!

  •  Star(s)

    Really good wheely!!

    JOAN KAAIHUE from LAS VEGAS, NV

    Very Good and very easy. For a variation you can use elbow macaroni and cheddar cheese. It's so easy to make and, most importantly, it tastes good. Because there is only the two of us I put the left overs in the freezer and served it at a later time. I always make too much and end up putting it in the freezer

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy!

    Teresa Wharton from REDDING, CA

    My suddenly very picky 5yr old son adores this! Leftovers heat up so nicely in the microwave it's handy for a "stubborn" weeknight after work. Thank you!

  •  Star(s)

    Wheely Mac and Cheese

    Debra Ho from PHOENIX, NY

    My granddaughter loves mac and cheese, but doesn't do "green", so I added corn to it instead. She loved it, as did the rest of the family. My neighbors baby even loved it. We will be making this again...

  •  Star(s)

    new twist on mac and cheese

    gwen west from WOOD RIVER, IL

    it was really good. my family loved it. the veggies added a great flavor to mac and cheese!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Wheely Mac & Cheese

    Louise Jaworski from NEW PORT RICHEY, FL

    My family and I love baked mac and cheese. So,I thought I would give this recipe a try. It was a big hit with them and myself. Will continue to make this one.

  •  Star(s)

    This was "wheely" great!

    MARIE LUKASIK from JOHNSON CITY, NY

    Any mac-and-cheese dish is great comfort food during these cold winter months, but this one offered a break from tradition. The colors & flavors of the vegetables gave it eye-appeal as well as a new twist on an old favorite.

  •  Star(s)

    "Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy

    Terry Mercer from INDIANOLA, IA

    Quick and easy to make. I replaced the soybean peas with peas and carrots and added cooked cut up pieces of leftover chicken.

  •  Star(s)

    "Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy

    Terry Mercer from INDIANOLA, IA

    Quick and easy to make. I replaced the soybean peas with peas and carrots and added cooked cut up pieces of leftover chicken.

  •  Star(s)

    wheely mac easy mac cheesy

    roxanne pittman from ALBION, NY

    my son like it and want all time

  •  Star(s)

    Picky grandsons loved it!

    Lisa Evans from PRYOR, OK

    My very picky grandsons loved this. They were playing games with the wheelies while eating it. I substituted peas for the soybeans. They cleaned the whole plate and even my non veggie eating husband loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    Wheely Mac & Cheese

    PAM BROWN from GALAX, VA

    My family loved this. I have a very picky granddaughter and she loved it. Instead of the soy bean peas I used petite peas and added cubed cooked ham. Thanks

  •  Star(s)

    MMMMM...

    carol wanzer from Kingsville, MD

    Our family loves mac and cheese with tomatoes. I also made it with drained Italian style stewed tomatoes. IT was wonderful!

  •  Star(s)

    Wheely Easy Mac & Cheese

    Rose Marino from NORTHFIELD, OH

    Very good - very easy

  •  Star(s)

    Wheel Deal

    JUDY RADER from LINCOLN, IL

    My grandsons will love these wheels! I can see varying the sauces and even serving this dish hot or cold!

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    Nevarez friends/family

    Jeanette Nevarez from WEST JORDAN, UT

    We love anything cheesy and this was wonderful even for little fingers Thanks

  •  Star(s)

    Wow - Wheels are Great!

    stacie brown from MELBOURNE, FL

    I tried this because I was intrigued by the wheel shaped pasta. I was leary of cooking with soybeans because I had never done it before, but this turned out great! My family really liked it.

  •  Star(s)

    Take it up a notch

    Chester Raybon from ZEBULON, NC

    What a different spin on a old classic. Just fabulous!!

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    Wheely Easy Mac & Cheesy

    Virginia Braddy from HOBGOOD, NC

    My son inherited my love of cheese so I was certain he would love this dish. I was right & he even asked for the recipe as he loves to cook!

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    "Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy

    Brandy Coley from HUNTSVILLE, AL

    I tried this just last week. My daughter LOVED it! What a great way to get the veggies to dissapear! Next time I think I might add a new veggy to the dish. My husband also liked this as a new side with his steak. A great idea. LOVE it!

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    Excellent Vegetarian Choice

    Theresa Cole from CINCINNATI, OH

    We don't eat meat so I was excited to find this recipe. Using reduced fat cheese and skim evaporated milk makes this very healthy without sacrificing flavor. Add a green salad and you've got a perfect meatless meal.

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    "Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheese

    YVETTE NOVAK from ABERDEEN, WA

    I initially tried your "Wheely Easy Mac & Cheese, thinking it would be a big hit with my grandson. However, everyone in the family loved it. The evaporated milk makes the smoothest cheese sauce, too. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Awesome Grub!

    Penny Elliott from PORTLAND, OR

    We mixed it up a little because our youngest son has food allergies (so no edamame) I added a little cilantro and ground beef and it was a HIT! My hubby and kids couldn't stop talking about it enough. Next time we are going to try some pepper-jack cheese to add a little spice, will make again! and again...and again lol

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    cheese

    Susan Powers from NICHOLASVILLE, KY

    my 2 year old loved this

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    Wheely Easy Mac and Cheesy

    Brenda Sipe-Donahue from ADA, MI

    Great twist on mac and cheese. I've made it once and have it on this week's menu. I have trouble finding frozen edamane, so I substitute canned white beans or black soy beans. Pretty colors, my one year old loves it.

  •  Star(s)

    Wheelie Mac & Cheese Wonderful!

    MARY ELLEN from GAHANNA, OH

    What a terrific supper idea. My grandkids loved it and it was so easy to make! This is going to be a standard recipe at our house.

  •  Star(s)

    very easy

    CARLENE CARLENE from CHAMBERSBURG, PA

    easy to make and tasty too

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 560
  • Calories from Fat: 230
  • Total Fat: 26g (40% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 15g (75% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 80mg (27% of DV)
  • Sodium: 400mg (17% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 56g (19% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g (12% of DV)
  • Sugars: 13g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Vitamin A: 15% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 10% of DV
  • Calcium: 70% of DV
  • Iron: 15% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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"Wheely" Easy Mac & Cheesy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry wagon wheel or rotelle pasta
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (shelled soybeans)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese blend or other cheese blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half

 

Directions

COOK pasta according to package directions, adding edamame to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, garlic powder and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

ADD pasta and edamame to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Add tomatoes; stir gently until combined.

TIPS:
• Look for edamame in the frozen food or organic section of your local store.
• Frozen peas can be used in place of edamame.

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